isn't worried where he'll be in the lineup when
comes back from his suspension.
On a day that Ramirez showed up to talk to his teammates, Ethier homered his first two times up to continue his hot hitting
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
6-4 on Tuesday night.
The defending NL West champions are a major league-best 40-20 and have an 8 1/2 game lead over second-place San Francisco.
They are 19-12 without their enigmatic left fielder in the lineup. Barring rainouts, Ramirez is eligible to be reinstated
from his 50-game suspension on July 3 when the Dodgers are in San Diego.
''There's a lot of time until that happens, and right now we still have a lot of work to do without him in the lineup,'' Ethier
said. ''We'll address that when the time comes, I guess, but we're excited for him to get back. We can see the light at the
end of the tunnel.''
(8-3) overcame a shaky start to tie
for the NL lead in wins. The right-hander threw 117 pitches over 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits just hours
after Ramirez made a surprise visit to the clubhouse with 20 games left on his ban for violating Major League Baseball's substance
''It's always good to see the big boy,''
said. ''If we can hold on, he'll be back soon. We're counting down the days until he gets back - and when he does, he'll go
on a tear. That's how great he is.''
got his 14th save in 16 chances despite giving up an RBI single in the ninth to
. It was the first run Broxton has allowed this season at Dodger Stadium in 18 2-3 innings covering 16 appearances at home.
Young (4-5) was charged with five runs and six hits over five innings in his third consecutive loss. The 6-foot-10 right-hander
gave up four home runs for the second time in his six-year career.
The Dodgers, who came in with the fourth-fewest home runs in the NL, took a 4-3 lead when
led off the fifth with his seventh of the season.
Three batters later, Hudson drove a 3-2 pitch just over the fence in right-center for his fourth homer - giving Los Angeles
a 5-3 lead and ending a drought of 34 games since his last one on April 30 at Dodger Stadium against San Diego's
. Even after he knew it was gone, Hudson continued sprinting around the bases.
hit a two-run single for the Padres in the first inning, but Ethier got one of the runs back in the bottom half when he homered
just inside the right field pole.
Kemp tied it in the second with a two-out RBI single, and Ethier gave Los Angeles the lead in the third with his second two-out
homer - this one into the right field pavilion on a first-pitch fastball. Ethier is 12 for 29 lifetime against Young, and
six of those hits have been home runs.
''He's a really good major league hitter,'' Young said. ''He's hitting third for the Angeles Dodgers. And when
comes back, he'll hit fourth for them. But those pitches he hit out tonight were not well-executed pitches. One was on a 67-mile-an-hour
The multi-homer game was the sixth of Ethier's career and fourth this season. The Dodgers' right fielder has hit five of his
11 home runs in his last seven games, following a 24-game drought. He also homered twice in Saturday's 3-2 win over Philadelphia,
hitting his second one in the 12th inning for his second walkoff hit in two nights.
''I feel better about the results,'' Ethier said. ''There were just some minor things I had to work out, but I was still coming
to the field confident and ready to go. Sometimes things don't happen the way you want them to, and those kind of stretches
will come. But it's how you come out of it and make yourself better.''
Notes: Padres C
left the game after getting hit on the left wrist by Billingsley in the sixth. ... Gonzalez walked twice, extending his club-record
streak to eight consecutive games with two or more. He leads the majors with 49.